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    **STAGE** Ideation
    **PROJECT NEED** Cognitive, Hearing
    **CREATED BY** Mare Parker-OToole
    **CAPABILITIES NEEDED** 3D Printing, Electronics, Laser Cutting, Software
    **COST TO BUILD** —
    **CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE** attribution-4-0-international

    A colleague asked me to scope out a project for her elderly mother who cannot navigate even a basic MP3 player. Looking at a simple box with approx 3 large buttons that would access three different genre collections of music i.e. big band, 30’s and instrumental. It would have a slider to control volume and a single on and off button. Internals would be an Arduino with the appropriate hat and an SD card with the three collections of music and Bluetooth capabilities so that a remote speaker could be used.

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    with approx 3

    This seems pretty straightforward. We’d need a Bluetooth-capable Arduino, an MP3 player hat, some buttons, a slider pot, power and (optionally) audio jacks, a box to put it all in, and a wall brick. I imagine the material cost would be around CDN$ 75. (maybe US$50?). There would also be a little bit of software to scan buttons and control the player hat, nothing too serious.

    Frankly, I don’t envy anyone who’s challenged by a basic MP3 player having to deal with BlueTooth pairing, but maybe if she doesn’t ever try to connect with anything else, it will just keep working after pairing it the first time. 🙂

    Contact me if you’d like to move ahead on this.


    i would like to help too. A talk responsive player might work – hands free. This is what i have so far. any feedback is welcomed



    i have one solution ready for this.. :smiley:
    let me know if you want to have a look…

    Gurbaksh Singh

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